Friday, January 1, 2010

Fay's Baklava

I don't know who Fay is but, I did try my hand at her Baklava. It turned out pretty sweet too! Only slightly time consuming but quite easy to make. What an enjoyable day it was gathered with some girl friends baking. Here is the recipe we used.

Fay’s Baklava from Julie M.
Makes 5-6 rolls with about 10 individual servings each once cut.
1 box philo dough-No. 4 strudel leaves (40 sheets makes 5 rolls)
1 lb. finely chopped walnuts (450 grams)
1 ½ C sugar
2 sticks of unsalted butter
Combine chopped nuts and sugar. Set aside. Melt butter on stove top. Set philo
dough out on clean counter flat with a moistened towel over top. Pull two sheets
of philo dough off of pile and set in front of you. Spread butter with a pastry
brush across the top. Then sprinkle approximately ½ cup nut/sugar mix. Lay two
more sheets of philo dough on top of this and repeat process; making three
layers of philo, butter, nut/sugar mix. Finally top with two more philo sheet and
butter top. Roll dough loosely into long tube and place on a jelly roll pan or
cookie sheet with a lip. Begin another Baklava roll. When pan is filled, cut
Baklava at an angle into 2 inch pieces then bake at 250 degrees for 1 ½ hours.

While baking Baklava, boil 4 cups water. Then add 2 cups sugar and boil for 10
minutes. Then add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon corn syrup. Boil
and cook for ½ hour. Then set aside and cool until Baklava is finished baking.
When Baklava is done, evenly pour the syrup over the top of the rolls. It is ready
to eat immediately or to store and enjoy later.

What a special treat to enjoy on New Year's Day!

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